Updated: Nov 4, 2021
The Craft Council of BC is a great supporter of craft, and of felt and feltmakers.
Crafthouse, the retail gallery of the CCBC, carries a diverse range of unique and high quality work, across a broad range of media, created by over 100 of their member artisans. The high quality of the work is maintained by artisans first passing the Standards of Quality Jury, before their work can be sold in the gallery.
Deb Dumka and Monica Bennett are two feltmakers with work currently in the Crafthouse and are both felt :: feutre canada members.
Crafthouse 1386 Cartwright Street Granville Island, Vancouver, BC craftcouncilbc.ca
Hours October-April: Daily 10:30am-5:30pm May-September: Daily 10:30am – 6pm
Deb Dumka is a textile artist working with natural fibre, dyes and a variety of textile techniques to produce functional felted work. Her work considers our relationship to landscape and she strives to evoke an emotional response through the use of colour, pattern and texture.
Deb’s home studio is in a rural community on the edge of an island in the Salish Sea with a west coast vista of forest, ocean, mountains and sky. Deb’s piece, White Noise, was the winner of the Unwind/Aurelia Wools 2D felt art award in the 2013 felt :: feutre canada exhibition. Deb presented the keynote address to open the 2016 felt :: feutre canada symposium in Penticton, BC.
At Crafthouse, Deb has a bright, whimsical and joyful collection of fulled wool cuffs and bangles, as well as soft but durable, classic wool bags.
Monica Bennett has a range of contemporary, sculptural vessels in the Crafthouse right now. Her work features classic lines and interesting surface textures.
Monica Bennett is an accomplished fibre artist, working with handmade felt since 2001, developing a strong foundation of skills in her exploration of felt as a medium. Her work has been displayed at many galleries and juried shows, speaking to her experience as a craft artist.
Monica will be demonstrating hand felting and discussing her work at Crafthouse Gallery on Granville Island on Saturday, August 19th from 10am – 4pm as part of the gallery’s one day 20% off sale and open house. Madeleine Chisholm will be there demonstrating her jewellery making.
This is a great opportunity to stop by this inspiring space, learn more about this craft and one of our members while supporting local artisans!